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Exit, Voice or Loyalty

Tommie Smith. Lee Evans. John Carlos. Hear how these three legendary sprinters all ended up at San Jose State. They spurred each other to record-breaking success – and became leaders…

The Chrysler Minivan and the New American Parent

Envisioned as the antidote to the dowdy station wagon, the minivan became more stigmatized still, as it gave power and locomotion to a new entity: the helicopter parent. In a…

Through the Woods with Nick Offerman

This holiday weekend, we’re revisiting one of our favorite talks with actor, author, and woodworker Nick Offerman. We begin with his new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play:…

The Science of Motivation

Dr. Ayelet Fishbach is a professor of psychology, and an expert on the science of motivation. She’ll teach us how to set smarter goals, and give us science-based strategies to…

The Doors: Robby Krieger and John Densmore

Today we have a fun follow-up to last week’s episode with Johnny Echols from the band Love. This week we’ll hear Rick interview the last two living members of The…

Episode 6: Knocking on the Door of a Porn Empire

One of the biggest porn companies in the world was forced to radically change its practices. But another porn giant changed almost nothing. Patricia travels to the company’s Prague headquarters…

Chicago When It Sizzles

July 1995. A deadly heat wave gripped Chicago – bridges buckled; the power grids failed; and the morgue ran out of space – but some neighborhoods saw more deaths than…

Squeezing the Entire Internet Into a Shoebox

Emily Leproust is the co-founder and CEO of Twist Bioscience. Her problem: How do you store data in DNA — and make it cheap enough to work in the real…

Way to Go, Ohio

A century ago, a mysterious and disfiguring disease was finally cured by an experiment in Akron, Ohio . . . with a condiment. We ask: it is time to return…

The Magic Wand Experiment

What if you could design any experiment you wanted? Without worrying about money, ethics, logistics, or even the laws of nature? Revisionist History kicks off the season by giving some…

The Bugatti Veyron: the Quest to Outrun Gravity

The Veyron is what happens when unlimited money and colossal ego meet the hardest automotive-engineering questions ever raised. It was built to be the fastest production car in the universe…

Building a Movement

By the early 1960s, Speed City was earning a reputation for breaking records. But Bud Winter’s track program was broke. He stretched his scholarship budget so far that many athletes…